Immigration laws are some of the most complex laws on the book. What’s more, these laws are fluid and change on a regular basis as old laws are challenged and new ones come into effect. If you need legal representation you should consider how long it takes an expert to be able to navigate the morass of immigration laws. You should consider what may be at stake should you wave your right to have an advocate on our side. But how do you know when you need an attorney? Here are some examples of when retaining an attorney is the right idea.
- Looking for a green card: The rules regarding applying for and receiving a green card are complex. What’s more is there are deadlines involved that an attorney would know more about than a lay person.
- US citizen application: Although the process of applying for citizen is fairly straightforward and does not necessarily require an attorney’s help, complications can arise. For example, if you are applying for citizenship shortly after receiving a green card through marriage, problems with child support or alimony, or quitting your job shortly after receiving your green card through work you may wish to consult an attorney.
- Travel visa application: There is paperwork, language barriers and special circumstances that some applicants face can be challenging when applying for a visa. It is therefore a good idea to consult with an attorney who can handle the red tape.
- Notice of deportation receipt: In this case, you should definitely consult with and seek the legal representation of an immigration attorney. An attorney will be able to determine which motions he/she can file to delay or reverse the deportation order.
- Investigation of resident status: You should not take this move by the government lightly especially in view of how stringent immigration laws have become in the last few years. If you or someone you love are the subject of such an investigation don’t take any chances. Hire an attorney. He/she will be able to protect your rights and explain to you in detail what is happening.
In all of the above instances and others, you may wish to consult with an immigration attorney if you feel that your rights are being violated or that actions by governmental officials could negatively impact your status as a resident of the United States. Don’t let immigration officials or the police talk you out of getting legal help if you feel that a lot is at stake. They do not represent your best interest. We do. As an immigration attorney in Van Nuys, I can take you through the process, help you fill out paperwork, file motions and gather together any evidence you need to make your case before the government. Immigration rights in Los Angeles are best served when people like you consult with experts who have the experience and compassion needed to navigate the system.